Animal advocates to protest Farm Bureau in Jackson

Animal advocates to protest Farm Bureau in Jackson

MISSISSIPPI (WDAM) - A statewide group that  is pushing for tougher animal cruelty laws will be in Jackson Saturday to protest an organization they said is working against its efforts.

The Mississippi Animal Advocacy Group has scheduled a protest at the headquarters of the Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation at 11 a.m.

Group members said Farm Bureau is lobbying against Senate Bill 2174, which would strengthen cruelty laws against domestic pets.

That bill is currently in the Senate Agriculture Committee and faces a Tuesday, Feb. 23 deadline for passage out of that committee.

The MS-AAG said the legislation would only address acts of cruelty to dogs and cats and would not affect farm animals.

"It very much protects agriculture, hunting," said Valerie Rachal, a member of MS-AAG. "It is strictly pet cats and dogs and anyone can look at the bill online at the Legislature's website."

The Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation has not commented on the planned protest.